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Late Locatelli strike arms Juventus win over Torino in Turin derby

TURIN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Manuel Locatelli struck late to earn Juventus a 1-0 win over Torino within the Turin derby on Saturday, because the Old Lady stretched their successful run to 4 video games in all competitions and stored a Serie A clear sheet for the primary time in seven months.

The Italy worldwide fired a shot in off the put up with 4 minutes remaining, his second consecutive league aim, as Juve rose to eighth place with 11 factors, three forward of their Eleventh-placed rivals.

“I think over the last few weeks the team has found the right spirit, the desire to defend when we need to defend and attack when we need to attack,” Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri advised DAZN.

“It would have been a disappointment to not win a game after this performance which, after the first half against Milan, was our best of the season.”

Torino managed the primary half as Juve did not register a shot on track, however Allegri’s aspect improved after the break and Alex Sandro’s header required a nice save from Vanja Milinkovic-Savic earlier than Locatelli’s late winner.

Ivan Juric’s aspect struggled to threaten Wojciech Szczesny’s aim, and Juventus stored issues tight defensively to finish a run stretching again to March of 20 matches in a row conceding in Serie A.

Locatelli’s second aim for Juventus sparked large celebrations, however the 23-year-old defined that they got here at a value.

“I got a headbutt from Giorgio Chiellini and with the head that he has, I am sure that I have a bruise,” Locatelli mentioned.

“But it is a fantastic feeling, because since I arrived here the group has been incredible, they welcomed me. We are a big group of friends and real people, despite having a lot of great players they are all humble.”

Allegri’s aspect earned a formidable and sudden win over European champions Chelsea within the Champions League on Wednesday to stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to 5 matches.

But the coach warned his gamers that the native derby could be an excellent larger problem, with strikers Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata nonetheless injured and Torino having two additional days to organize.

There had been early probabilities for Juve as Moise Kean flashed a shot large and Weston McKennie blasted over a promising alternative.

But Toro quickly gained management and got here shut when Sasa Lukic glanced a header large and Rolando Mandragora’s long-range piledriver was parried by Szczesny.

Allegri launched Juan Cuadrado for Moise Kean at halftime, with Federico Chiesa returning to the striker position he performed in opposition to Chelsea.

The change sparked some life into Juve’s assault because the Colombian teed up Sandro with a wonderful cross that required a pointy Milinkovic-Savic save.

Locatelli discovered area on the fringe of the realm to fireplace house the winner within the 86th minute, earlier than substitute Dejan Kulusevski thumped the foot of the put up with a shot in stoppage time.

Earlier on Saturday, Salernitana climbed off the foot of the desk after Milan Djuric’s header sealed a 1-0 win over Genoa, their first victory of the season.

The newly promoted aspect’s victory moved them as much as 4 factors, one behind Genoa in sixteenth and yet one more than backside aspect Cagliari.

Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie
Editing by Christian Radnedge

Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino v Juventus - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - October 2, 2021 Torino's Sasa Lukic in action with Juventus' Adrien Rabiot REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino v Juventus - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - October 2, 2021 Torino's Sasa Lukic in action with Juventus' Adrien Rabiot REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Soccer Football - Serie A - Torino v Juventus - Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy - October 2, 2021 Juventus' Federico Chiesa in action with Torino's Rolando Mandragora REUTERS/Massimo Pinca